The Moment of Surrender

Sometimes I have a one-track mind. Lately, that mind has been set on writing. With my manuscript for Beyond Waiting nearly finished (I can see a light at the end of the tunnel!), I’ve been trying to figure out where I’m supposed to set my efforts next. But it seems like every time I pick up a pen or pose my fingers over a keyboard, the words are stuck and my mind is as blank as the page before me. Yesterday, God reminded me to focus on the more important thing.

The book I’ve been reading with my morning devotionals talked of how goals can become gods. In a little “aha” moment, I realized that my writing was becoming exactly that. So I released my pent-up breath and whispered a prayer, apologizing for getting my priorities all out of whack. I promised not to pick up a pen until I heard God’s explicit instructions.

I think that God often waits for nothing more than the moment of surrender. When I arrived home from work last night, my mind was churning. After weeks of staring into space, my heart came out in a sixty chapter outline of what will hopefully be my first completed novel.

But even though this dream is playing out so clearly before my eyes, I’m determined not to lose sight of the most important thing. This time, I’ll let God be God, and my goals be goals. This time, I’ll let Him be the One to guide my hands.

I pray that you, too, will return to the moment of surrender when all else seems out of place.

3 thoughts on “The Moment of Surrender

  1. After I had been blogging for awhile, I got off track and realized that I was studying for some scriptural truth to write about on my blog, which was totally off course with why I started blogging in the first place. Finally God said to me, “just study to know me so that when I have something for you to write, you will know and understand what it is.” Now, I don’t sweat it. I just relax and write whenever I’m moved to. Good post!

    • God’s good at giving His children that gentle smack upside the head (though sometimes I think I could afford to be hit a little harder). There has been a lot of surrender this week and God just keeps revealing new things. Sometimes I think He laughs at how long it takes me to “get” it, and other times I think He’s cheering for my new found sense of wonder. So glad you’ve learned the art of sitting at Jesus’ feet. I pray you never stray from that position.

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